Adrian Dening's Stars Over Somerset

    Monday 8th to Sunday 14th August 2022

    On Friday 12th we have a Full Moon. Many of the Lunar visual effects I have mentioned in the past require Sunlight to be falling on the surface at an oblique angle, but some are better seen around the time of a Full Moon and these are called Albedo Features. These large features are so named because they have a high contrast with the area surrounding them. One such example is what looks like a bright swirl called Reiner Gamma located in Oceanus Procellarum or the Ocean of Storms.

    If you go outside around 11pm on 12th, the Moon will be located towards the south east, with Saturn a little to the right of it and Jupiter on the left looking more to the east.

    Oceanus Procellarum is situated on the west side of the Moon's face and I have included some diagrams courtesy of Wikipedia to help find the swirl.

    The origin of Lunar Swirls is not fully understood, but believed to be associated with magnetic activity. Several robotic probes have landed in the Ocean of Storms, including Surveyor 3 in 1967. The Apollo 12 astronauts famously touched-down only 165m away from Surveyor 3 a couple of years later and retrieved several items from it to return to the Earth.

    It will be necessary to use a telescope for a good view of the Reiner Gamma swirl and at the same time, you could take a look at Saturn's rings. Next week, Saturn is approaching a point in its orbit called "opposition" when the Earth is directly between the planet and the Sun. This gives the best opportunity to observe Saturn's rings as they will be at their brightest.

    Screenshots courtesy of Stellarium

    Copyright Adrian Dening and Radio Ninesprings 2022

    More from Community & Charity News

    • Stay Safe in the Hot Weather

      It's hot, hot, hot again at the moment with another Heatwave until the weekend, here are some tips to help you stay safe.

    • Yeovil Jobs Fair

      Come along to the Yeovil Jobs Fair this September and Find Your Future!

    • Adrian Dening's Stars Over Somerset

      Monday 15th to Sunday 21st August 2022

    • Volunteer Drivers

      If you’re aged over 18, have a clean driving licence and you own a four-door car, you could play a rewarding role as a volunteer driver, helping people get to vital medical appointments.

    • Thefts

      Avon and Somerset Police have issued new advise about protecting your belonging from thieves.

    • Household Support Fund

      People in Somerset who’re struggling to pay their bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials.

    • Ultrafast Broadband

      A further eleven-thousand homes and businesses in South Somerset are being provided with ultrafast broadband thanks to extra funding given by the government to Wessex Internet to connect hard-to-reach areas.

    • Police Cyber Alarm

      Businesses in Somerset can now access Police CyberAlarm, a free tool designed to help organisations understand and monitor the threat they face from malicious cyber activity.

    • Appeal for Speedwatch Volunteers

      An appeal’s been made for more volunteers to help run Community Speedwatch in Wincanton.

    • Child Care

      HM Revenue and Customs is reminding working families that they can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs

    • Mobile Phones in Vehicles

      Somerset County Council’s road safety team is working with partners to urge drivers to keep their fixed eyes on the road.

    • Blooming good way to 'Check your Vehicle'.

      As we continue to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team wants to help you ensure your vehicle gets you safely to your destination.

    Today's Weather

    • Yeovil

      Sunny intervals

      High: 33°C | Low: 15°C

    • Chard

      Sunny intervals

      High: 32°C | Low: 17°C

    • Crewkerne

      Sunny intervals

      High: 33°C | Low: 16°C

    • Langport

      Sunny intervals

      High: 34°C | Low: 15°C

    • Wincanton

      Sunny intervals

      High: 33°C | Low: 16°C

    Recently Played